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What is a good example of an allusion?
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I am not sure whether you are interested in an allusion in "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night" or are interested in allusion generally. As I read the poem, I see no allusions, although there are many other literary devices.
However, it is easy to create your own allusions. They can be references to books, movies, songs, or art. Here are some of my examples:
This sea voyage is not going well. There must be a Jonah on board.
This is an allusion to the Bible story of Jonah and the whale.
This responsibility is too much for me. I feel as though I have an albatross around my neck
This is an allusion to a great poem, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,' by Coleridge in which the albatross is hung around the neck of the man who shot it, as a punishment.
That man is a cheap Scrooge.
This is an allusion to Dickens' famous character in The Christmas Carol."
Climbing into this cave, I feel like I am looking for the Lost Ark.
This is an allusion to the first Indiana Jones movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Not only are there thousands of allusions in literature and in movies, we use them frequently in our everyday lives. See if you can come up with some, too!
Posted by speamerfam on September 15, 2009 at 4:28 AM (Answer #1)
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Posted by martaukrainochka on September 15, 2009 at 6:09 AM (Answer #2)
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A reference to an historical or literary figure or event.
Example: I am no Prince Hamlet.
Often confused with illusion, an allusion is a literary term that refers to a reference in one literary work to another literary work. E.g. The Simpsons television show constantly refers to (some may say, steals from) movies, music, literature etc. In a scene where Principal Skinner is in his office, he suddenly turns to his window and looks out at an old, spooky house while he talks about a tormented relationship with his mother. This is an allusion to the Norman Bates character in the movie Psycho.
I highly recommended M.H. Abram's Glossary of Literary Terms.
Another example of an allusion would be "The girl's love of sweets was her Achilles heel," referencing the warrior in Greek mythology, Achilles, who could only be harmed if something hit his heel because he was dipped in magic water as baby when his mother held him by a heel. Achilles' only weakness is his heel, so an Achilles heel reference means a downfall or weakness, in this example a weakness for sweets.
Posted by martaukrainochka on September 15, 2009 at 6:11 AM (Answer #3)
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